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Willie's Locally Known

805 North Broadway, Lexington, KY
+1 859-281-1116
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Ranked #72 of 749 restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $29
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Boutique BBQ and Southern Soul prepared at the direction of Chef Ben. Willie's has live musical performances every night by some of the area's most talented musicians as well as touring groups from all over the world. Call for your reservation today!
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Boutique BBQ and Southern Soul prepared at the direction of Chef Ben. Willie's has live musical performances every night by some of the area's most talented musicians as well as touring groups from all over the world. Call for your reservation today!
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English first
Blacksburg, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

What a great find. We were not to sure what we were in for as we drove up to the restaurant. We sat in the parking lot for a moment and decided what the heck lets go in. The restaurant is a music venue bar. We ate here on a Wednesday night. It was not crowded at all. They have... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is primarily a venue for music at night, and the lunch I had was only OK. Menu leans toward barbecue and other items of that type, but there are salads and sandwiches available. Good selection of draft beers. Decor is underwhelming to say the least, starting with the exterior. Most of the parking is around back.

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Augusta, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

On a recent road to Tn. and Ky., my son had this stop scheduled. after some difficulty find the place, we paid a cover charge and were seated in the music area. Area was very full but not packed. Wait staff was prompt, curtious, and attentative but not intrusive. Bar B Q was excellent drinks cold and the music was... More

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Troy, Ohio
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110 reviews 110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This was my husbands and mines favorite place we ate on our trip. We came for lunch right when they opened. The outside doesnt really stand out and was harder to spot at first. I liked that it was more of a local place to eat. There were a few people in the bar and couple people in the dining... More

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Toronto
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Willie's Locally Known was everything my BFF and I were looking for in our roadtrip to KY -- great southern food (we had wings, battered fried catfish, mac 'n cheese...), microbrews, live music and new friends. Shout out to the excellent staff who made sure we got safely into a cab after we had maybe a bit too much fun.... More

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Westlake, Ohio
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

My husband found Willie's while we were visiting the Lexington area. I was hesitant to go as they are known for having live music every (or nearly) every night. I don't enjoy visiting bars/restaurant with live music as they are simply too loud for me. This weekend was planned for my husband though, so I went with it. We arrived... More

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Columbus, OH
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

A hole in the wall you must try! Oh my goodness the food was amazing. We came here because we wanted some BBQ and some bluegrass. Came in on a Saturday night for the 800 show. What a mess...they didn't start until 930. Apparently there was a "miscommunication" with the band... They had thought 900. They were even late for... More

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London, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Five of us came on a Saturday night to have dinner. We arrived at 7:15 and had to stand in line for about 20 minutes before we were encouraged to sit at some benches on the side of the dining room. The dining room only has 4 tables in it. Eventually the host let us know that there was an... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Our first night dinner here on our recent roadtrip - my hubby and me both had some awesome chicken wings, Also with the live bluegrass music , the locals singing along and of course the best chicken wings that I have ever had with some blackberry habanero sauce, I would say it was a great experience

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Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

This place is awesome. Truly amazing food. The food alone deserves 5 stars but that's not it. Every music show we've caught here has been an experience in itself. Thumbs up to Willie's Locally Known!

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